Up next on News 7--
Three employees are killed and another injured when a car slams into a McDonald's restaurant in New Jersey.
And, Trigon and Carilion hit a roadblock after they are unable to reach an agreement on a new contract.
A beautiful sunny day across the area will allow temperatures to climb into the 70s...will this weather last...I'll have your hometown forecast....
News 7 at Noon starts right now...
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No deal between Trigon and Carilion.
That means come December, 125 thousand Trigon customers will likely have to pay more to use Carilion medical facilities.
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Trigon says Carilion wants a 20 percent hospital rate increase, and that's too much for customers to pay.
Carilion says it only wants a 10 percent increase, and that's fair.
Trigon says there's no deal.
But Carilion says negotiations continue.
Business Reporter Jennifer Miele tell us what this means for Trigon Customers.
Kim, it's obvious that Trigon and Carilion can't even agree what they are fighting over.
First of all, there is a standing agreement between Trigon and Carilion right now... but it expires at the end of the year.
Since it doesn't look like an agreement can be reached, it's likely that anyone with Trigon Insurance will be out of network at Carilion come December.
That means every time a Trigon member goes to a Carilion facility, they'll have to pay those higher charges.
Trigon says every other hospital in Virginia is in its network, so no customer will be more than 30 minutes away from a network hospital.
Trigon says Carilion would not negotiate on price hikes and to have accepted the Carilion proposal would have put an unacceptable financial burden on customers.
Carilion says it was negotiating with Trigon as early as today, and that it hasn't given up hope on reaching an agreement.
This afternoon we plan to speak with both Carilion and Trigon executives about the situation.
Virginia's department of Transportation is providing more details today on how it plans to scale back its road bulding program.
Today state officials said they are removing three BILLION dollars worth of construction from the six year plan and more than 170 different projects statewide.
Joe Dashiell is at the VDOT headquarters in Salem where state lawmakers and local officials learned which local projects will suffer.
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Roanoke Police are working to make city parks safer places.
Loud music, drinking, stealing and trespassing past hours are just a few citizen concerns.
The city is working on installing more lights, cutting back brush, and sending more officers to patrol the parks.
They hope all this will decrease the number of crimes that plague these areas.
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Police officials hope to see the changes in time for summer.
Some homeowners in Lynchburg are asking city council to step into a neighborhood dispute.
They say they have waited for years for their neighbor to fix up his run-down home.
Steve Smallshaw has more.
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(( There are 14 homes on Goodview Street in Lynchburg.. the owners of eight of them came to City Council Tuesday night with stories and pictures of a home they say has become a neighborhood nightmare.
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The city has been after the owner of 4409 Goodview for years to clean up the property, make certain repairs and comply with the city code.
In the meantime, neighbors say their property values have dropped while tensions have risen.
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Ron McCarron lives at 4409.. his father actually owns the property, but he lives in Kentucky.
McCarron refutes what he calls his neighbors' "wild accusations".. and says he's doing the best he can to repair the property.
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((City council members say 4409 Goodview is the poster child for "spot blight" and voted to start the process of acquiring the property by whatever means necessary.. including seizing it through eminent domain. It was a move the neighbors have been waiting for for years.. but one McCarron says will likely be challenged in court. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
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The sex abuse scandal that's rocked the Catholic church took a violent turn Monday night, when a Maryland man shot the priest he claims molested him years ago.
(DAHN-tay) Dontee Stokes is charged with attempted murder after he allegedly shot the Reverend Maurice Blackwell-- leaving him in serious, but stable condition.
Stokes claims the priest fondled him for more than three years.
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Stokes is scheduled to appear in court today for a bail hearing.
Authorities say three McDonalds' workers were killed when a car slammed into the fast- food restaurant in New Jersey.
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It happened around 4-30 this morning, when a Cadillac spun out of control and smashed into the restaurant, then burst into flames.
Three McDonald's employees died.
Another worker and the driver of the car were injured.
There were no customers inside the restaurant at the time.
The prosecutor says the driver hasn't been charged.
He won't comment on whether drugs or alcohol were involved.
A strong earthquake has rattled the capital of Taiwan.
The quake measured six-point-two on the Richter scale.
There are no reports yet of any damage or injuries.
It lasted for only about a minute-- but that was long enough to shake several tall buildings.
Just over a month ago, a six-point-eight magnitude quake killed five construction workers and caused several buildings to collapse in Taipei.
Authorities say today's quake was an aftershock.
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Still to come on the newscast, tennis star Anna Kournikova sues a leading men's magazine for a case of mistaken identity,
But first we will talk to a woman known as the Travel Mom as she shares her advice for traveling this summer with children.
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Memorial Day Weekend is coming up soon, and that's traditionally the beginning of the summer travel season.
Millions of families will pack up the car, and spend a lot of time together exploring new sites.
Sometimes those long hours in the car can be stressful for both parents AND children.
Joining us today to offer some advice on family travel is Emily Kaufman-- who's known as "The Travel Mom."
Thanks for joining us today, Emily.
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(That's quite a title-- how have you earned the reputation as "The Travel Mom"?)
(You're the mother of two-- how do you cope with restless kids in the car?)
(What about accomodations? Sometimes hotel rooms are not designed with children in mind. What sorts of things should
parents bring along?)
(We've talked about the travelling part.... What about the destination itself? What kinds of places can please all mem
bers of the family?)
Thanks for joining us today, Emily. Have a great summer!
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Still to come on the newscast, Leo has our detailed forecast,
Also, Star Wars fans are anxiously awaiting midnight for the premier of the Attack of the Clones. We'll hear from George Lucas, next.
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A Montgomery County judge has declared a Salem man incompetent to stand trial on bank robbery charges.
73-year-old George Jones robbed the First Virginia Bank in Shawsville in December of 2000.
He got away with around 25-hundred dollars- but was later caught.
His attorneys say Jones was suffering from the early stages of dementia when he robbed the bank with a toy gun.
Judge John Quigley has continued the case for six months while Jones undergoes treatment.
It could be one of the most expensive cases of mistaken identity ever--
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The June issue of "Penthouse" Magazine claimed it has nude pictures of tennis star Anna Kournikova.
Instead, the photos depict the daughter-in-law of Italian fashion designer Luciano Benetton.
She's filed a 10- million- dollar lawsuit against the magazine.
Kournikova has also filed suit.
In a New York courtroom today, the photographer-- a jewelry salesman from St. Louis-- apologized for what he described as a mistake.
Last week, Penthouse also issued an apology.
The new "Star Wars" film opens this week.
And if you often wonder "How do they do that?" when you go to the movies, we have the inside scoop.
Chris Lawrence goes behind-the-scenes to get the secrets behind 'Attack of the Clones.'
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(SCRIPT) Special effects have come a long way since Star Wars hit screens more than 20 years ago. (CHRIS LAWRENCE/CBS N
EWS) Yoda. Up till now, a big legend. But he s been all talk. (GEORGE LUCAS/DIRECTOR) In the first trilogy, Yoda was a puppet. And I knew in Episode II I had this gi nt battle, and this giant swordfight that he s involved in. So George Lucas and his team scrapped the puppet from previous films. And worked five years to create a Yoda that s entirely digital. (LUCAS) If we couldn t make it perfect, I didn t have a movie. A lot of what you see on screen is digitally added after the scene has been shot, like these waterfalls or a droid factory. (NATALIE PORTMAN/PADME) They put me on a conveyor belt with nothing. Just all blue around me, so I basically had to run and sort of dodge things and jump and run. And do this whole thing just completely making stuff up. And then they painted stuff around me that looks like I m jumping through things and I look so brave! (PORTMAN) But really I know and now Everyone else does ha-ha! But that doesn t mean the actors don t get their share of bumps and bruises. Like the ride Hayden Christensen took on a speeder. (HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN/ANAKIN SKYWALKER) I was just being thrown around all day, trying to hold on and climbing all over the speeder. (LUCAS) In Phantom Menace, there were 4-5 Jedi. In this one, there are four to five-hun red Jedi. And all Jedi don t fight alike. So Sam Jackson trained one way, Hayden Christens n another. All the way down the line. (LUCAS VO) So each Jedi has his own particular style. And while we marvel at the effects of Episode II, Lucas is already designing new twists for the next film. Chris Lawrence CBS News Hollywood.
On Wall Street at Noon, the DOW was DOWN 51 points. The NASDAQ has gained 7.
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Coming up next on the newscast, we will see if Glenvar can capture the district softball title,
And some junior golfers are set to tee off for a big opportunity.
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The Glenvar girls softball team clinched the Three Rivers District regular season title last night with a shut- out win over Floyd County.
Glenvar's Brittany Buckley pitched for the win.
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A beautiful, but windy day for this re-match.
Glenvar beat the Buffaloes last week on Floyd's home turf.
We pick up the action in the bottom of the first inning.
Watch basketball star Allison Fasnacht crush this triple to deep center field.
The ball goes over the center fielder's [SUPER=34-Glenvar/6/Floyd Co./0;]head, and that is gonna allow Holly Dixon
to score all the way from first.
It's 1-nothing Glenvar.
We move on to the bottom of the second.
Floyd with the double play, as pitcher Ashley Hartman catches the ball and guns down the runner.
But Glenvar wins it.
In baseball notes- William Fleming and Blacksburg had a close game on the Colonels' home turf.
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Fleming would explode at the plate in this one for a collective hitting clinic.
Blacksburg also put on a hitting show.
In the top of the fourth, Charles James with the two- bagger to left field.
That plates Collin Fields from second base, 5-2 Indians.
Then, Fleming's Troy Dempsey sends a shot to center field.
Jesse Craighead is gonna come on down from first base.
It's 6-3 Blacksburg in the bottom of the fourth.
Blacksburg's hits just kept coming--
This double plates two more runs, BUT Fleming comes back to win 11-10.
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Top junior golfers will be at the Roanoke Country Club this weekend for the 19-th Annual Scott Robertson Memorial Junior Golf Event...
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But a handful of junior golfers who weren't quite good enough to make it into the field with the their application and credentials will attempt to PLAY their way in through a nerve-racking 18- hole qualifier.
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The handful of kids who can survive and advance will have shown what they're made of under pressure.
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The 54-hole main event begins on Friday and winds up this coming Sunday.
FINAL LOOK AT THE WEATHER
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